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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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4,081 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,081
Reviews: 1,631
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 14.78%
Wants: 69
Gots: 352 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij van Hoegaarden visit their website

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: purplehops on 07-08-2001)
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Photo of lhaqq
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Thin white head and cloudy straw-orange body.
S: Lemon (there was a lemon wedge in it), wheat, cream, spices, some pepper.
T: Pretty standard for a solid witbier. The lemon and wheat mix well, and the peppery finish also blends in.
M: Clean and refreshing.
D: Probably one of my favorite witbiers; generally enjoyable anytime, but especially in the spring and summer.

lhaqq, Apr 05, 2009
Photo of mattffrost
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into glass

Beer is a yellow light amber color. its cloudy with white head. Good retention. Smell is nice and simple of spices, citrus, cloves and hint of banana. Taste is nice and mild perhaps just a little to watery for me. Nice banana, citrus taste nothing overpowering. Nice and simple. Very mild carbonation beer that is easy to drink.

mattffrost, Apr 04, 2009
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very hazy, dull light yellow color with a light and fluffy white head that has good retention.

Nose is citric lemony orange with a nice wheat tang. Does not go overboard on the coriander, it's there a bit in the background along with a slight touch of clove and banana.

While this beer is refreshing when it is refrigerator cold, the subtle nuances of the coriander and orange peel are not as appreciated as when it warms to about 50 degrees. A pretty tame wit that appeals to a broad audience, but there is little doubt this is a finely crafted brew.

twiggamortis420, Apr 04, 2009
Photo of CAP1868
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A-a pale orangish color with minimal head

S- Smells of coriander and orange peel...typical of most witbiers. It smelled very inviting

T-Tasted almost like a pumpkin ale to me...which was awesome because I truly enjoy the style. It had some fruity flavors on the front end but washed down with a tad of spice, just like some pumpkin ales tedn to do. Very good though

M-Light, crisp, refreshing

D- Very light so I had the ability of drinking quite a few.

Initially I didn't care for this beer, I thought it was going to be like a Blue Moon, so I drank it like one. I then came back and took it for what it was worth(which is an entity unto itself) and I absolutely loved it.

CAP1868, Apr 04, 2009
Photo of TubaManJack
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very Pleasant Belgian Witbier.

Appearance- Very Cloudy with very small suspended particles. Nothing floating. Cloudy yellow hue. Low carbonation and little head.
Smell- Belgian Yeast and Wheat. Fruity Easter Notes.
Taste-Just as the smell indicates, the flavors were above average and the amount of yeast taste was kept in check
Mouthfeel- Very Light and well carbonated, no really yeast aftertaste
Drinkability- Its really good, there little body or overwhelming complexity to this beer. It went went well with my Chicken Caesar salad. (Very Sessionable)

TubaManJack, Apr 04, 2009
Photo of BARFLYB
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in the brewery's glass.

A- A cloudy piss colored yellow with some clear spots here and there. Mild white head that bounced leaving no lace.

S- Nose consists of a lot of lemon zest with wheat and a yeast backing. A bit of spice

T- Like a wheat beer with lemon peels added in. The wheat is there but is drowned by the citrus flavors. Some yeast rounding things out.

M- This wheat beer is thin bodied with active carb and a light finish. A very refreshing beer.

D- Easy to drink and light alcohol makes this a go to in the spring/summer time. This actually goes down like water because of the feel and non offensiveness.

BARFLYB, Apr 03, 2009
Photo of Arbitrator
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Chilled bottle into a glass.

A: Pours a cloudy straw / light gold color with a finger of foamy white head. Continually refreshed by active carbonation up the glass. Leaves nice sheets of lacing down the glass as I drink.

S: Banana, orange rind, lemon, and slight coriander. A nice combination of sweet, sour, and spice.

T: Following the taste buds, lays down a nice ground flavor of straw and banana in the initial taste. Transitions to a sweet and sour blend of orange and lemon in the mid-taste. The finish sees an introduction of spicy coriander, with a little tingle into a sweet finish.

M: Light-bodied, with crisp and active carbonation that supports the style well.

D: Great light, crisp summer beer. Definitely want this white ale again. And at its price point, it's a very affordable brew.

Arbitrator, Apr 01, 2009
Photo of epicness
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - Cloudy and pale with a yellowish white color too. (Almost looks like pee.. Haha!) Pretty nice head on it that dissipates quickly after pour.

Smell - Citrus like with a lemon and orange smell, mixed with banana with hints of wheat in the back. A pretty pleasant smell for the most part.
Just the appearance and smell alone were enough to make me want to drive right in.

Taste - Smacks you in the face with some hops and wheat at first drink. Afterward you are left with a nice smooth mellow taste.

Mouthfeel - Aftertaste is practically non existent. It's a very smooth brew.

Drinkability - It goes down smoothly and is light on the stomach. I could definitely drink these all night.
Definitely going to try to always keep a few of these stashed away in the fridge.

epicness, Mar 31, 2009
Photo of ljbrisson
2.65/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had on tap at Charlie Brown's steakhouse. Served in a pint glass a Crayola orange-yellow color with a half-finger of foamy white head which left sparse lacing. Aroma was banana, orange, cloves and lemon. Mouthfeel was much thinner than I thought it would be with little carbonation. Taste was like the nose, adding some along with hard sugar candy sweetness. Drinkability is low. Overall this is a mediocre beer which I did not particularly enjoy. I feel it does not exemplify the style. There was no crispness as there is in other wits I have tried, just a syrupy candy sweetness. Maybe it has something to do with it being on tap. I would only ever try this again from a bottle, in order to give it a fair shot.

ljbrisson, Mar 31, 2009
Photo of burnstar
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky very pale whitish yellow. Nice sized fizzy head dissipates quickly. Aroma is wheaty; banana, cloves, lemons, and some yeasty earthiness. Taste has just a bit of underlying sweetness. Wheat tang with similar notes as in the aroma. Well carbonated and crisp mouthfeel, maybe a little watery. Quite drinkable. A nice summer beer.

burnstar, Mar 26, 2009
Photo of IMincedTheKing
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow with a thin, disappearing head.

The nose has some lemon and wheat, but it's overwhelmed by yeast. I like the smell of yeast, and I still think it's a tad excessive.

More of the same on the palate; orange peel and spice are lurking there somewhere, but the wheat and yeast are so prominent as to take on an almost soapy character. The tart and dry lingering aftertaste of orange peel is superb. This tastes a lot different than I remembered it, and the carbonation is somewhat less zippy than I thought (which is a good thing).

All in all, an acceptable wit that would be easy to session.

IMincedTheKing, Mar 25, 2009
Photo of drink1121
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Someone thought I had poured Gatorage in my glass for fun, no joke. Good head, but very bright yellow.

S - Citrus and light spice nose.

T - Citrus. Very lovely floral

M - Failry smooth, what I had expected.

D - Good summertime beer. I could def drink this while grilling some lemon herb shrimp. MMM.

drink1121, Mar 25, 2009
Photo of SpencerSauce
4.97/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

bought on tap in a bar when i was 18 in paris france. Served in a huge hexagonal hoegaarden glass. The bartender asked me in french what i wanted. I couldnt understand him so i pointed and said Hoegaarden referring to the tap handle. He asked in english small or large and of course i said large. It cost me 7.00(euro) which is about 10 bucks. Kinda steep but it was worth it i was worth it. I fell in love with craft beers then.

A- not as pristine as a perfectly poured hoegaarden, but extra cloudy. Thick white head that didnt seem to go away the whole way down.

S- wheaty yeasty smell, maybe the corriander scent is what gives it its defferent aroma. Non comparable to a bottle.

T- awsome almost thicker. can deff taste the coriander but not sure of the curucao orange peel. One of my favorite beer tastes ever.

M- light and very bubbly, lots of burps with a foam head like that.

D- i could drink these great things all day long. No better beer for warm weather.

SpencerSauce, Mar 24, 2009
Photo of ludachris
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one as part of my Belgian beer gift pack. I like how they made the shape of the bottle their own. Pours a hazy straw colour with about a finger and a half creamy white head. Decent retention and decent lacing. Some sediment is visible and rising with the carbonation. I'm not a big fan of that, but doesnt take away from the beer. Smell is a bit milder than I hoped; banana upfront, clove and spice backing it up. Taste identical to the smell with a bit of a buttery finish. Carbonation is really nice; nothing too offensive.

This mild, fairly watered down witbier makes it perfect for a large target audience. There was nothing bad about this beer, but at the same time, nothing really jumped out to distinguish it from others. On the other hand, it's very refreshing and definately sessionable. Overall, a decent brew that I wouldnt turn down if offered.

ludachris, Mar 20, 2009
Photo of climax
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

followed the instructions on the bottle to pour a silver yellow, white frothy head faded slowly, looked lime green when held in front of my computer screen....exciting?

nose was mild and pleasant. yeasty, floral, coriander and pear, a bit citrus

taste was bright, light fruit, pear, coriander and a peppery finish

very crisp, maybe a bit too much carbonation, however it was smooth with a numb dryish finish

very drinkable no doubt, perhaps the standard in which witbiers are compared. easy to drink, wont get old but won't blow your mind

climax, Mar 20, 2009
Photo of wahhmaster
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 0.33l bottle into an unbranded 0.5l nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Pale yellow color with a fizzy head that dissipates quickly. Cloudy, like most wheat beers.

Smell: Smells wheaty and grassy with definite citrus fruit notes. Basically smells like a wheat beer should.

Taste: Citrus notes with a definite wheaty, grassy taste.

Mouthfeel: Kind of thin with noticeable carbonation.

Drinkability: A good wheat beer, maybe not for the price. There are other better choices.

wahhmaster, Mar 19, 2009
Photo of theghost3
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very light, hazy golden with a frothy 1-2 finger head. Minimal lacing, but some head stays throughout.

The smell is made up of yeast, flowers, lemon, wheat, and even almond extract. The taste is rather lacking--mainly wheat & citrus. Mouthfeel is very carbonated, crisp.

This is a very sessionable beer with its rather low ABV at 4.9 percent.

theghost3, Mar 19, 2009
Photo of RunDWP
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A long time favorite of mine, it's time I gave it a review here. Pours a pale, hazy yellow, with some decent lace work on the glass. A light spicy, slightly fruity aroma. Great fresh taste of crisp wheat, with a little citrus and lemon, and nice spicy zip at the end. It's a light tasting beer to be sure, but a lively one. Decent level of carbonation and a very smooth, very drinakble. Works well all by itself as a thirst quenching type beer, but also works for me with light spicy foods, like grilled shrimp.

RunDWP, Mar 19, 2009
Photo of vonderbrink
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale golden cloudy color. Nice head and lacing that stayed around. Banana, wheat, apricot aroma. Goes down very smooth, and was very refreshing. It was gone before I knew it. Will surely have it again, and will share with friends that like wheat beer.

vonderbrink, Mar 18, 2009
Photo of icetraxx
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Cloudy orange with a slight brownish tint - parts of the beer are less cloudy than others because of the yeast. A big off-white head lasts less than half of the beer. No or minimal lacing is present.

S- A pleasant and fresh citrus nose. A wheat with an almost breadish character is noticeable. The spices are rather muted in the smell while the citrus and wheat dominate the nose.

T- The flavor of malted wheat dominates. Slight hints of citrus and orange are very noticeable. There is a hint of spice and hops in the beer, with it most noticeable on the finish. Bitterness is perfectly balanced with the sweetness of the beer.

M- A slightly creamy mouth feel with very low carbonation when poured into a glass.

D- Good carbonation results in a very drinkable beer. The synergy between this beer's attributes result in a very refreshing brew. These are extremely easy to drink, be careful!

Overall- This is a classic and defines the Witbier style that all others follow. The flavor is weak compared to Allagash White, but this beer is a good example of the style. This beer is better on-tap that in bottle, which I find to be extremely inconsistent.

icetraxx, Mar 18, 2009
Photo of projectflam86
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours cloudy murky yellow orange that leaves a little lacing.

S- Strong citrus and spice notes make up the nose. A bit of wheat and hops was detected upon a second sniff.

T- Alot like the smell, strong citrus flavor dominates with some subtle coriander and wheat flavor in the finish.

M- Good carbonation and light bodied maybe even a bit watery.

D- Easy to drink although I think that the fruit flavor would get to me after several of them.

projectflam86, Mar 17, 2009
Photo of magine
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had this beer many times by bottle poured into a glass; swirling the last quarter of the bottle into the glass to get all of the yeast's tasty goodness into the glass - do this by the way, too many of my buddies think it doesnt matter - it does.

Anyway this time I had it on tap at a local pub (without the orange slice PLEASE) for the first time and it was every bit as delicious as it is out of the bottle. Only slightly less mouthfeel of yeasts then a bottle. This beer has the expected unflitered cloudy appearance with a nice creamy white head and some lacing, and the smell is of some orange and coriander. The taste (not to be ruined by an orange slice) is a delightful mix of the smells. You cannot taste any alcohol in this beer. This beer can be quite dangerous as it is very, very drinkable.

This is one of the best Witbier's I have had. It is a beer that always goes fast when you have people over, always the party pleaser. An excellent brew, for what is becoming a very commercial beer - hopfully it stays excellent.

magine, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of fingerlaker
4.88/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

THere is a reason that for many years this won the World Beer Cup for best in it's category- it's one of the, if not the best biere blanche out there.

Compared to Allagash White this is thinner and has a MUCH more prominent fruit essence. I would drink this over AW any day; I noticed a weird iron flavor to the Maine brew.

Open it up, pour it into a hexagonal glass (remembering to do that "3/4-empty swirl" near the end) the beer is a white color made slightly strawlike from the malt. The head is pure virgin white.

Smell is a benchmark for European White ales. It's mainly the wheat malt plus a ton of oranges and lemons, but together it works so perfectly. I wish I could get it in a Yankee Candle CarJar.

I've drank well over 400 beers (so I guess that makes me a newbie, hahaha) and a lot of that was focusing on the wheat beers. I've drank them from Belgium, Germany, USA, France, England... and Hoegaarden is my favorite taste:-) The taste comprises of an intense sweetness that isn't syrupy whatsoever and clean as the driven snow, then *BAM* the lemon/orange flavors hit. Some complain of a lack of hops in this beer. Who the hell wants hops in a white ale? I love IPAs and barleywines but I understand that whites aren't supposed to be hoppy. Instead, the orange, coriander and lemon are the "spice" of Hoegaarden.

Drinkability is dangerous, because you can pound these for hours and get wasted- and fat- quite easily.

Hoegaarden is one of my top five favorites. Cannot stop singing it's praises.

fingerlaker, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of BierFan
3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a pint glass.

Nice white head sits on top of pale yellow body that is cloudy from the yeast. Almost no carbonation. Little bit of lemon in the aroma. More tame lemons in the taste. Juicey with a little bit of sourness. Pretty bland compared to other witbiers.

BierFan, Mar 14, 2009
Photo of KBoudreau66
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. into a Sierra Nevada pint glass. It is a cloudy cream color, with a small frothy white head that lasts throughout. A lot of carbonation in the glass.

Doesn't really have any smells that stand out strongly. I can smell the coriander, and a little bit of of a citrusy lemon and/or orange aroma.

The mouthfeel is very carbonated and somewhat rough, but pleasant. Has a sweet citrusy twang. I can detect the yeast and wheat in the flavor. Finishes chewy and a bit dry.

This is a very good witbier, and is extremely drinkable. I know that a lot of people would disagree with me, but I don't really think that this is far superior to Blue Moon. It's certainly better, but it doesn't blow it out of the water. I personally feel that they are both exactly what I am looking for when I drink a witbier, light, crisp and refreshing. Exactly what I want when I take a rare break from my usual IPA's and DIPA's.

KBoudreau66, Mar 14, 2009
Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
85 out of 100 based on 4,081 ratings.